CONTACT RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
Radio calls and communication procedures will be handled in accordance with the Voice
Communications Student Guide. Take time to study and review this guide prior to your first
flight. The maneuver procedures in this and subsequent chapters will direct you to make certain
radio calls. These calls are specified in the Voice Communications Student Guide and are not
specifically spelled out in this FTI.
Accomplish the operations check to ensure various aircraft systems are operating properly. For
safety considerations, complete an operations check at least once every 20-25 minutes in flight,
with the first check being accomplished during the initial departure climb.
On contact flights, a recovery brief will be conducted for instrument flight rules (IFR) and VFR
course rules recoveries to Navy Pensacola. The brief should include the Automatic Terminal
Information Services (ATIS) information, airfield weather, duty runway, proper recovery routing
and altitudes, applicable NOTAMS, and any other pertinent general information. Conduct the
recovery brief after obtaining ATIS and prior to contacting Pensacola Approach. During the
recovery, update your briefing with any changes, as required. Refer to the In-flight Guide for the
current arrival procedures.
THE POWER ATTITUDE-TRIM PRINCIPLE
A recurring theme you will see in this chapter is the proper method to initiate a change in your
flight condition, whether a transition to climb, correction from off altitude, etc. The application
of the Power-Attitude-Trim (P.A.T) Principle dictates you:
Adjust the nose ATTITUDE, then
Re-TRIM for the new attitude.
The takeoff requires a smooth transition from ground roll to controlled flight. Although a
relatively simple maneuver, the takeoff presents numerous potential hazards. The dynamics of
high engine thrust, possible directional control problems, the potential for runway incursions,
high-speed aborts, low-altitude engine failures, to name a few, make the takeoff regime of flight
unique in its safety challenges. Thorough and disciplined ground operations help lead to a safe,
Takeoffs should always be made as nearly into the wind as practical. The aircraft's ground speed
in a headwind is slower at liftoff than in a tailwind, thus reducing wear and stress on the landing